Jackie, with token assistance from me, continued with planting and watering today. I mostly rambled around, carting a few items along the paths.
We have a selection of marigolds;
ajugas, such as this one blending with pulmonaria, are popping up everywhere;
and our monstrous Spanish bluebells are thriving on the enriched soil.
Among the recent plantings along the back drive are
three different osteospermums.
My friend Julie at https://ramblingsfromjewels.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/blushing-rosy/ has displayed a fine crop of crab apple blossom. This alerted us to the fact that we are a little behind her part of USA.
Ours still look like this.
Not prepared to wait for their nectar, bees have already arrived in Downton, and restlessly search such as
and little lithodora, also on the back drive.
No one plant satisfies, so the insects rapidly flit about from one to another and my lens must catch them on the wing.
This evening we dined on pork rib rack in barbecue sauce, somewhat charred because we rather overextended our drinks session in the rose garden, and Jackie’s lovely vegetable rice. I drank more of the Margaret River cabernet sauvignon and Jackie drank Hoegaarden.
Just as I was about to publish this, Matthew telephoned with a story I might like. He had watched a courier ringing the doorbell of his neighbours across the road. Several times. He thought it a bit strange that they did not answer because he knew they were in. Eventually the deliveryman asked Mat to take in the parcel, which he willingly did. When he gave it to the neighbour she said ‘Oh. That will be my new doorbell!’
When I’d finished cackling, I had to pass the phone to Jackie for him to repeat the tale.
Lovely photographs as usual and funny the story about the doorbell. Poor deliveryman, he probably did not know it was the new doorbell 😀
Thanks, Geetha. I’m sure he didn’t 🙂
:My thoughts exactly 🙂
Many thanks, MSW
The sight of bees always brighten me up. I have noticed a decline in their numbers here so I am putting in more flowers for them, though without much sun on my plot it is a challenge.
I’m glad to note that your postmen are not drones and human enough to hand a parcel to a neighbour instead of leaving a card for you to do a pick up at the post office. I have trained mine to leave the parcel at the door 🙂
Thanks, Mary. Ours puts the parcels in the shed. We leave the side door unlocked for him
Such a gorgeous array of flowers. I can only imagine how it looks when everything is in bloom at once!! As for the doorbell, that little ditty made my day!! 🙂
Thanks, Dorinda. 🙂
You’re welcome, Derrick 🙂
LOL! I wonder why the deliveryman didn’t think to knock? Beautiful photos, Derrick!
Thanks, Jill. 🙂
Glad you’ve got bees, Derrick. They’re not as plentiful up here as they used to be.
Great photos and story!
Glorious flower photos–and such a funny story! 🙂
Thanks, Merril. Priceless, we thought
Every garden should have a crab apple! (And a persimmon).
Thanks, Bruce. We haven’t got one of those
Oh, Bruce! What does one DO with a persimmon? Our house is on an old persimmon farm (as the old farmer once stopped by and told me). We still have a few trees – but try as I might I cannot think of a thing to do with them – they seem to be all seeds & what’s not seeds is sour.
There are two types of persimmon (sort of!) First of all the orange fruit looks gorgeous on the tree!
There’s a sweet sort that is developed for eating like an apple (it still have fairly large pips), and there’s the really horrible one that feels like you’re trying to eat cardboard or lick dry concrete! This later sort is solely for making jams and chutneys etc. It sound like you’ve got the latter version! Think of quinces – unedible but makes lovely preserves!
Oh, thank you, Bruce, for clearing that up. I was confused by people saying they were delicious, as, you are right – I have the cardboard \concrete version. I have not yet mastered jellies. Perhaps I will try steeping them in vodka. . .
Good idea, Jodie
🙂 Love the story – good on Matthew for for sharing it! More fabulous bee photos, I don’t know how you do it Derrick! And your opening paragraph made me smile – such a picture!
Thank you, Pauline. 🙂
Love the new doorbell story. 😀 So there really is a place called Downton?! Lovely photos, Derrick/
Thanks, Sylvia. There are at least two Downtons. Ours is much smaller than the one in Wiltshire
Lovely way with those flower pics, Derrick. The doorbell story triggered a memory. In parts of the Southern U.S., it is considered rude to press the doorbell if you know the residents. Only service people do that. If you are a friend/family member, you knock. It took us a while to understand that one. ☺
Thanks, Van. A strange practice, that
What a gorgeous garden you have. Most people knock on our front door because they can’t find the bell, which is rather puzzling as it is at eye level, just to the right of the door. 🙂
Thanks, Peggy 🙂
Heh, heh … the Catch 22 of doorbells! 😀
Nice thought, Widdershins, Thanks
Love the story from Mat–and of course your huggable bees. I’ve missed them.
Thanks you very much, Lisa
Your bee photos and collection of flowers always warm and charm my heart, Derrick.
The barbecue sauced rib racks, which were charred due to a longer drink session in the garden, brought smiles and a little envy, too. Sounded yummy and funny. 🙂
Oh my! I loved the ending best of all. Laughter before bedtime is wonderful and freeing. Kind of slap happy! Have a great week ahead. Sorry I fell behind a bit.
Very many thanks, Robin
As always, the flowers are splendid. We had a good laugh at the doorbell story.
Many thanks, both of you, Mostly
Growing up, we had 2 crabapple trees in our front yard. The next-door neighbor used to make preserves out of them for the neighborhood.
Thanks, GP. We had to prune ours very heavily when we first arrived in Downton
Thank you, Sofia
Again those flowers are so beautiful and the bee looks so pretty! A funny and strange story that you would read in a book, a man bringing your doorbell but you cannot hear him ring, haha
Thanks, Lynn. I don’t know if you are familiar with ‘The Two Ronnies’, a great comedy duo. Mat said the story would make a good one of their sketches.
I am not familiar but yes I can see it as a sketch for sure! I was seeing it play out and had to laugh!
I screamed with laughter embedding this one for you – even though I’ve often seen it: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VkjDSxBVqw&w=420&h=315%5D
Thanks will go see it!
Love the bees.
Not too far behind… those crab apple buds look like they’ll be opening very soon. 🙂 Lovely photos as always Derrick…
Thanks for the video Derrick!! So funny!
Funny video – reminds me of the old Carol Burnett show. Bravo to you for figuring out how to put that in there. A+ my friend. Lovely flowers, Derrick, and the doorbell story is a treasure.
Many thanks, Jodie. I’d never have figured it out in a month of Sundays. Becky gave me a tutorial some time ago.
Well, yay you for you, Derrick. Not sure I could have done it even with a tutorial.
Lovely, delightful spring flowers! 🙂 The first and the last photos are so beautiful, love the details.
Btw, have you tried the Lightroom yet?
Thanks, Amy. I did follow the link, which I found intriguing, but, so far, I’ve chickened out of pursuing it
I’m happy to hear you are pursuing it. 🙂 Thank you for letting me know, Derrick.
Great photos and very funny doorbell story. Looks like spring is here at last.
Thanks, Quercus. It does
“I mostly rambled around, carting a few items along the paths.” Hey – I do that a lot, very important job.
I’m glad you think so. Us under-gardeners have to stick together.
Right on, Derrick.
I just saw this and thought of you & Jackie….
Many thanks, weekly. Interesting, indeed
Flowers are really pretty. Love the door bell story. Still smiling.
Everyone of your beautiful photos in every post I read I like very much. They do good for my soul and creativity! Thanks 🙂
Very many thanks, Anna – and for all the reading
You’re welcome 🙂